AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – In this episode of the PostCast, incomparable writer John Hopkins joins Sean Fairholm and Cassie Stein to discuss his piece on Seve Ballesteros, which you can read here.
This Sunday would have been Seve’s 60th birthday, prompting Hopkins to pen a fitting tribute to one of golf’s most captivating and volatile heroes. Hopkins describes what he learned in the lengthy process of compiling interviews and information to write the piece.
“I knew he was fantastically exciting, volatile, foul-mouthed, loved, eccentric, irritating, bad-tempered, humorous,” he said. “I knew all of those things, but I didn’t know the detail that the players told me and the caddies told me.”
Hopkins talks about Ballesteros at length before turning to The Masters, where he believes Rory McIlroy is in a strong position to complete the career grand slam:
“He was in the interview room this afternoon, and I thought I haven’t seen him so relaxed and composed, ever,” he said. “He looks to me to be very, very good. He’s had 99 holes of practice (at Augusta) … this compares with some players who come in and only play 18 holes. Rory has never been so prepared as he is this year.”